Financial Responsibility - "04" Suspension

License suspensions occur for a variety of reasons, however, there are ways to have a license reinstated. The following will briefly outline things a person can do to get his or her license reinstated.

If you or the vehicle you were driving was insured at the time of the accident:

  • Obtain a letter from the insurance company stating that you or the car you were driving was insured on the date of the accident.
  • The letter must include the policy number and the dates upon which you were insured.
  • Mail or deliver this letter to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Illinois Department of Transportation
Accident Records Section
3215 Executive Park Drive
Springfield, IL 62766

 

If you did not have insurance but you did not cause the accident:

You must have a hearing to prove that the accident was not your fault. In order to prove that the accident was not your fault, you must:

  • Contact the Illinois Secretary of State, Department of Administrative Hearings, at (217) 785-8342 and schedule a hearing.
  • You must attend the hearing and present evidence that you did not cause the collision.
  • Hearings are NOT ordinarily rescheduled.

If you did not have insurance, you caused the accident and the other party to the accident agrees not to sue you, you must:

  • Obtain a release form from your local Drivers Services Facility or the Illinois Secretary of State, Chicago Public Service Center.
  • The owner of the other vehicle involved in the accident, each person who may have been injured in the accident and you must sign the release form. These signatures must be notarized.
  • Mail or deliver the completed release form to the Illinois Secretary of State, Chicago Public Service Center (see address below).
  • Obtain SR22 insurance from a private insurance agency. You must maintain this insurance for three years without lapse or cancellation.

If you caused the accident and you and the other party to the accident agree to an amount for you to pay for damages, you must: 

  • Pay the agreed amount to the other party.
    • Make sure you receive a release from the other party as proof of payment.
    • You can obtain a release form from your local Drivers Services Facility or the Illinois Secretary of State, Chicago Public Service Center (see address below). 
       OR
  • If the other party agrees, enter into an installment agreement, which allows you to pay the amount owed to the other driver over a designated period of time. 
    • Obtain an installment agreement from the Illinois Secretary of State (see address below)
    • The owner of the other vehicle in the accident, each person having possible injury from the accident and you must all sign the installment agreement form. These signatures must be notarized.
    • Return the form to the Illinois Secretary of State (see address below).
  • Obtain SR22 insurance from a private insurance agency. You must maintain this insurance for three years without lapse or cancellation.

If you have filed for bankruptcy since the time of the accident and the other party to the accident is listed on the bankruptcy petition, you must: 
 
Go to the Illinois Secretary of State and present proof of bankruptcy from the Bankruptcy Court. The form you present must be file-stamped or bar-coded and must include:

  • your bankruptcy case number; 
  • the date the bankruptcy was filed; and
  • the name of the other party to the accident on the form itself.

If two years have passed since the date your license was suspended and there are no pending lawsuits regarding this accident:

  • You must submit an affidavit for termination of suspension. This form is available at the Illinois Secretary of State and the completed form must be returned to that office (see address below); and 

        Chicago Public Service Center
        17 North State Street
        10th Floor
        Chicago, Illinois 60602
        (312) 793-1010
        Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • You must obtain SR22 insurance from a private insurance agency. You must maintain this insurance for three years without lapse or cancellation.
  • Pay a $70.00 reinstatement fee.

If you were not insured, do not wish to make an agreement with the other parties to the accident or cannot locate the other parties, you must:

  • Submit a security deposit to the:

         Illinois Secretary of State
         Safety Responsibility Section
         2701 South Dirksen Parkway
         Springfield, IL 62723

    • The security deposit must be a certified check, cashier's check or money order (not a personal check) payable to the Illinois Secretary of State for the total amount of damages as determined by the Illinois Department of Transportation, www.dot.state.il.us/. Call (217) 782-3720 and ask for information about security deposits and refunds. 
    • Installment payments are NOT allowed.
  • You must purchase SR22 insurance from a private insurance agency. You must maintain this insurance for three years without lapse or cancellation.
  • Pay a $70.00 reinstatement fee.

If five years have passed since the date of the accident and there are no pending lawsuits regarding this accident:

  • You may clear suspension by filing the SR22 insurance. An affidavit is not required  

        Chicago Public Service Center
        17 North State Street
        10th Floor
        Chicago, Illinois 60602
        (312) 793-1010
        Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

  • Pay a $70.00 reinstatement fee. 
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